World Cup

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World Cup Skier, Girlfriend Plummet 2.3K Feet in Alps

Jean Daniel Pession, 28, and girlfriend Elisa Arlian die on Mount Zerbion in Italy

(Newser) - "A terrible tragedy strikes the world of winter sports," a release from the Italian Winter Sports Federation, or FISI, declared over the weekend, announcing the death of a young World Cup skier and his girlfriend in the Italian Alps. Per NBC News , local media report that Jean Daniel...

Elegant German Great Hoisted World Cup as Player, Coach

Franz Beckenbauer said his life went according to plan

(Newser) - Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup both as player and coach and became one of Germany's most beloved personalities with his easygoing charm, has died. He was 78. A statement said he died peacefully Sunday, surrounded by family, the AP reports. The family statement did not provide a...

Iran Frees Man Arrested While Walking to World Cup

Santiago Sanchez was arrested in Iran on his way to Qatar

(Newser) - A Spanish soccer fan who was detained in Iran as he tried to make his way to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup has been released. In January of that year, Santiago Sanchez started traveling by foot from Madrid to Doha, documenting his journey on social media; he was arrested...

It Could Be the Priciest Sports Memorabilia Collection Ever Sold

Sotheby's to auction 6 shirts worn by Lionel Messi in winning World Cup run

(Newser) - Sotheby's is to auction six shirts worn by Lionel Messi during Argentina's winning run at last year's soccer World Cup in Qatar and thinks they could become the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at potentially more than $10 million. The auction house said Monday...

FIFA Lays Down Hammer on Spain's Ex-Soccer Chief

Luis Rubiales is barred from sport for 3 years for misconduct after he kissed player during World Cup

(Newser) - FIFA banned Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish soccer federation, from the sport for three years on Monday for misconduct at the Women's World Cup final, where he forcibly kissed a player on the lips at the trophy ceremony. FIFA didn't publish details of the verdict...

2030 FIFA World Cup Will Be Held on 3 Continents

First 3 games will be played in South America

(Newser) - The 2026 men's soccer World Cup will be the first to be held in three countries—the US, Canada, and Mexico—but 2030 will go a step further with games in three continents. FIFA, world soccer's governing body, announced Wednesday that the tournament will be hosted by Spain,...

USA Loses in 'Stunning' Fashion at World Cup

Sweden defeats Americans in penalty kicks, barely

(Newser) - The US women's soccer team is out of the World Cup after a dramatic loss to Sweden Sunday on penalty kicks. The teams finished regulation and extra time tied at 0, before Sweden won 5-4 in the kicks, per ESPN . It was a "stunning, stunning conclusion," writes...

Suddenly, an Amazing Soccer Streak Is at Risk

US women have always advanced past the first round, but it's not sure thing this year

(Newser) - After its first two games in the World Cup, the US women's team finds itself in an unusual position: Needing at least a draw in the next game to advance. Typically, the long-dominant team has things locked up after two games, but that's not the case this year...

This Person Wasn't Supposed to Be on World Cup Field

FIFA looking into how celeb chef Nusret Gokce, aka Salt Bae, ended up celebrating with Messi, team

(Newser) - Protocol has it that only FIFA officials and the winning team are allowed to handle the World Cup trophy, but the soccer governing body has now launched an investigation after one person who wasn't supposed to be on the field Sunday after Argentina's victory had his hands all...

World Cup Victory Parade Gets a Little Out of Hand

Argentine team was airlifted off bus in Buenos Aires chaos; one fan is dead, young boy in coma

(Newser) - The world is still celebrating the Argentine soccer team's World Cup win over France over the weekend, with exuberant fans scooping up Lionel Messi jerseys and celebrating on the star's Instagram page. The celebration got a little too wild in the nation's capital and elsewhere, however, leading...

A Messi Image Is Now the King of Instagram

Celebration photo has more than 62M likes

(Newser) - Lionel Messi vanquished France , and now he has vanquished the famous egg of Instagram. An image of Messi celebrating Argentina's dramatic World Cup victory had racked up more than 62 million likes as of Tuesday morning on on the soccer star's Instagram page , making it the most-liked image...

France Beats Morocco for Place in World Cup Final

After ending Morocco's impressive run, their final opponents will be Argentina

(Newser) - France has beaten Morocco 2-0 to reach the World Cup final against Argentina. Theo Hernandez scored in the fifth minute and Randal Kolo Muani added a second in the 79th. The defending champion plays Lionel Messi’s Argentina on Sunday, the AP reports. Hernandez's goal was the first goal...

Messi Leads Argentina to World Cup Final

Superstar scored 1 goal, set up 2 others in win over Croatia

(Newser) - Lionel Messi is back in the World Cup final with Argentina on his mission to win soccer’s biggest prize for the first time. And, at 35, he could hardly be playing any better. Messi converted a penalty and had a hand in the other two goals by Julián...

Grant Wahl Death: 'Why Wasn't There a Defibrillator?'

Colleagues, family mourn sportswriter who died at 49

(Newser) - The cause of death for sportswriter Grant Wahl remained unclear as of Sunday morning as those in his orbit processed the news. The 49-year-old collapsed and died early Saturday in Qatar, where he was covering his eighth World Cup.
  • No defibrillator: Wahl collapsed in the press box of Lusail Iconic

Renowned Sports Writer Collapses, Dies at World Cup

Grant Wahl, one of the best-known US journalists in the soccer world, is dead at 48

(Newser) - Grant Wahl, one of the most well-known soccer writers in the United States, died early Saturday in Qatar while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. He was 48. US media seated near him said Wahl fell back in his seat in a section of Lusail Stadium...

See the Kick That Knocks Out Mighty Brazil

Croatia wins in shootout round, 4-2, to advance in World Cup

(Newser) - Brazil always seems to be a favorite to win the World Cup, but it won't be happening in 2022. Croatia defeated the powerhouse in penalty kicks on Friday, reports CBS Sports . (You can see the deciding kick via Fox Sports .) The match had finished 1-1 after both teams...

They Make $150 World Cup Jerseys for $2 Per Day

'NYT' highlights rights abuses of garment workers producing apparel for Adidas, Nike

(Newser) - An estimated 5 billion people, or more than 60% of the world's population, are expected to tune in to the World Cup. Many of them will be decked out in national team jerseys from companies like Nike and Adidas, the tournament's official outfitter. But at what cost? As...

Protesters Cheered Iran's World Cup Exit. Then Bullets Rained

At least 1 shot dead, 30 injured across Iran, human rights groups say

(Newser) - Anti-government protesters in Iran celebrated their team's exit from the World Cup early Wednesday as another blow to the regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, though the jubilation was soon interrupted by gunfire. Human rights activists say 27-year-old Mehran Samak was shot dead after honking his car horn in the...

US Is Through to Next Round of World Cup

Christian Pusilic scored in 1-0 win over Iran

(Newser) - Christian Pulisic scored while crashing headfirst into the goalkeeper in the 38th minute and the United States advanced to the knockout round of the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Iran on Tuesday night in a politically charged rematch of their famous meeting a quarter-century ago. Pulisic sprawled on...

USA-Iran Match Is Huge, and Not Only Over Soccer

Teams face each other Tuesday in World Cup showdown

(Newser) - Teams USA and Iran play each other Tuesday in the World Cup, and the stakes are big for both teams on and off the field. The game begins at 2pm Eastern.
  • The soccer: The Americans must win if they want to advance to the next round. Iran will likely be

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